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Halo Infinite will feature a “groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience,” according to a now-removed retailer listing.
It’s not the first time the FPS has been linked to a free-to-play model. Publication Windows Central reported earlier this month that a portion of Infinite multiplayer could use the model, similar to how Call of Duty Warzone is available without purchasing Modern Warfare.
UPDATE: Xbox has confirmed the report:
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VGC has reached out to Microsoft UK for comment.
This month Microsoft stopped selling 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, fuelling speculation that the long-running service could be repackaged or phased out to coincide with the Xbox Series X launch this holiday season.
While the platform holder is no longer offering an annual Xbox Live Gold membership option, one and three-month subscriptions are still available.
“At this time Xbox has decided to remove the 12 month Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store,” a company spokesperson said. “Customers can still sign up for a 1 month or 3 month Xbox Live Gold subscription online through the Microsoft Store.”
Xbox Live Gold is required to play Xbox games online. It also offers members two to four free games every month, and discounts of up to 50% on Xbox One products on the Microsoft Store.